Quotes of quotes of quotes of quotes, 5/12

More Harold Rosenberg. This one is taken from “Revolution and the Concept of Beauty” (in The Tradition of the New):

Yet the differences between revolution in art and revolution in politics are enormous. For instance, revolution in politics is a choice—one elects overthrow instead of the way of reform or reaction.

Revolution in art lies not in the will to destroy but in the revelation of what already is destroyed. Art kills only the dead.

Hence revolution as the artist lives it is an inescapable effect of his vision. The decision to be revolutionary usually counts for very little. The most radical changes have come from personalities who were conservative and even conventional—a powerful recoil from the radical present threw them backwards, so to speak, into the future. The artist who engages himself with angels or stained glass windows may produce innovations as devastating as the designer of a new cosmos in plexiglass.


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